Ezra,  Family,  Independence Day

An Independence Day Birthday Party for AMERICA!

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For the 4th of July this year, in addition to taking Ezra to a preschool parade, we planned to have a birthday party for America! Mostly for Ezra’s sake – as he LOVES birthdays, and birthday parties, and happy birthday cakes!

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I cannot take credit for 90% of what I’m about to post. I simply had an idea and let other people do the work for me. I’m just the photographer and the results-sharer. #lazymom

Decorations for America

My mother-in-law got balloons and decorated the table as a flag with cut-up bits of plastic table-cloth. (Doesn’t it look amazing?!?!)

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Food for America

My small contribution was this plate of red-, er pink-white-and-blue eggs, an idea which I found via my friend Kathryn on her blog, Singing Through the Rain! Mine don’t look nearly as good as hers do!

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My MIL made this plate of sliced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil. YUM!

Tomatoes, Mozarella, and Basil A Birthday Party for America! #birthday #america #4thofjuly #independenceday #party #birthdayparty

We had a lovely dinner which I didn’t prepare, and then broke out the birthday cake:

An Independence Day Birthday Party for AMERICA! Everything you need to have a 4th of July birthday party for America. America's birthday cake, patriotic food, table decorations, and more!

The cake is store-bought cheesecake and was decorated by Russell’s grandmother.

Ezra was so excited he tried to blow out the candles before they were even lit!

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Then we sang “Happy Birthday” to America, and he got to blow out the candles for real!

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It took a few tries to get them all:

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Ezra actually didn’t end up liking the cheesecake, but he loved the berries!

Celebration Time for America!

Then we went outside to have snappers and mini-fireworks!

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Ezra LOVED the fireworks!

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He was entranced!

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Then we set off a smoking one.

…and Ezra got to run through the smoke:

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Fireworks remnants:

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The whole party was a blast, hugely successful! We had a great celebration and still got to get Ezra in bed in time for all of us to get up at 6am the next day! Special thanks to my in-laws for planning and hosting!

How did your family celebrate the 4th of July? Did you keep the kids up for fireworks? Did you make a birthday cake for America? I’d love to hear! Also check out this post for more ideas and items to use at your party: Get ready for Kids Patriotic party

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